Seattle Seahawks: 5 NFL Draft Prospects at 18 if they do not trade down
Here are 5 prospects at 5 different positions the Seattle Seahawks could show interest in. Especially, if they stay put at pick 18 in the 1st round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Seattle Seahawks have had a lot of roster turnover this offseason, getting rid of a few veterans that were major parts of the original “Legion of Boom” and will need much better talent to replace them on their defense if they want to be in the playoffs again, unlike last year. Michael Bennett was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, Richard Sherman was cut and signed with the San Francisco 49ers in free agency, and both Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril are questionable heading into 2018 due to their season-ending injuries last year. They also lost Sheldon Richardson in free agency who signed with the Minnesota Vikings and with Earl Thomas also being involved in trade rumors, the Seahawks defense is in flux and needs younger talent if they want a dominant defense in 2018.
They also need to protect Russell Wilson, which was one of the big issues they had last year that led to the Seahawks missing the playoffs in 2017.
In free agency, the Seahawks did sign a few players to help out some of their offensive and defensive holes; especially guys like D.J. Fluker (New York Giants), Jaron Brown (Arizona Cardinals), Barkevious Mingo (Indianapolis Colts), Maurice Alexander (Miami Dolphins), Sebastian Janikowski (Oakland Raiders), and Ed Dickson (Carolina Panthers). They only have one pick between Days 1 and 2 of the NFL Draft. So it is very likely the Seahawks trade out of pick 18 for more draft capital. However, if they do stick around with their original 1st round pick, here are a few players at a few different positions the team might show some interest in.
1. Isaiah Wynn, Offensive Guard, Georgia
The offensive line is a big weakness and if they want to keep Germain Ifedi at right tackle, they could upgrade at left guard and keep Ethan Pocic as a backup. Isaiah Wynn out of Georgia fits the mold of a great offensive tackle. However, due to physical limitations, he might not transition as well in the NFL. He might make a better offensive guard. If the Seattle Seahawks want a technician that excels more in a zone run blocking scheme, Wynn would definitely be the guy to help protect Russell Wilson.
2. Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame
Since the Seahawks signed D.J. Fluker, they could move him to left guard and move Germain Ifedi back to right guard. They could consider a right tackle at their pick. If they do, Mike McGlinchey out of Notre Dame would slide in at right tackle, pairing up with Duane Brown would help Wilson and the run game; which struggled mightily in 2017. McGlinchey could be the solution at left tackle once Brown retires. Although, he will also improve the offensive line as an instant starter his rookie year on the right side.
3. Derrius Guice, Running back, Louisiana State
The Seattle Seahawks have a plethora of running backs, but other than Chris Carson (who was productive before he got hurt), there is not much to go off here. Mike Davis is mostly a backup, J.D. McKissic is more of a receiving back, C.J. Prosise is not able to stay healthy, and you can also say the same about Carson as well. If they want someone to replicate a similar running style to Marshawn Lynch (Beastmode) and give the offense a physical downhill runner, Derrius Guice out of LSU is the perfect option in this draft. He has even said he has some influence by Beastmode when he was in Seattle.
4. Marcus Davenport, Defensive End, UTSA
The Seahawks do not have much at defensive after trading Michael Bennett and even though they added, Barkevious Mingo, he will play the “Bruce Irvin” role at outside rush linebacker. They have Frank Clark for one more year and Cliff Avril is a question mark heading into 2018 due to his season-ending injury last year last year. Marcus Davenport out of UTSA has all the physical traits to win and is raw. Nevertheless, if he listens to coaches and learns a few more pass rush moves, he could be lethal in Seattle’s defense. Also, he would help get to the quarterback.
5. Josh Jackson, Cornerback, Iowa
The Seahawks can start remaking the Legion of Boom at the cornerback position by drafting a cornerback that can play opposite of Shaquille Griffin and is the big press-man cornerback they tend to favor. Justin Coleman would be in the slot in this case and while Jackson may not have the experience to play press man right away, he has the tools to be a physical shutdown corner that has the ball production Seattle may covet. At Iowa, he was primarily a zone corner. He would excel in a cover 2 system like what Seattle usually runs on defense. Thus he fits what the Seattle Seahawks look for in an outside cornerback.